As a co-founder and the president of the most experienced and one of the largest worldwide alternative credit managers, James Dondero currently masterminds all investment strategies for Highland Capital Management (HCM). In 1993, James Dondero created one of the first non-bank Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO). He is acknowledged as one of the pioneers who popularized CLOs as financial institutions.
Dondero holds a degree in accounting and finance from the University of Virginia and has designations of Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Public Account (CPA).
He worked for American Express and a subsidiary of Protective Life’s GIC years before HCM where he managed roughly $1 billion in fixed income funds and $2 billion in assets respectively. Dondero’s portfolio managing experience comprises of emergent market debt, high-yield bonds, leveraged bank advances, investment grade corporates; among others. Mr. Dondero is the chairman of several companies’ board of directors including CCS Medical, Cornerstone Healthcare, and Nexbank. Additionally, he serves as a member of several boards of directors such as NexPoint Residential Trust Inc., American Banknote Corporation as well as MGM Studios.
The Cox School of Business
The SMU Cox School of Business is a satellite campus of the Southern Methodist University. It is a highly rated university and offers a wide scope of graduate and undergraduate business degrees. It was founded in 1920.
James Dondero was recently appointed to the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Cox School of Business’ Executive Board. The appointment serves to strengthen Mr. Dondero’s commitment to the institution vis-à-vis the Highland Capital Management Tower Scholars, an academic program set to recognize and inspire both professional and academic quests relating to public policy.
Highland Capital Management
With headquarters in Dallas and other main offices in New York, Seoul, Singapore and Sao Paolo, Highland Capital Management is a global investment company established in 1993 by James Dondero and Mark Okada. The SEC registers the company as an investment and financial advisor. The company specializes in collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), special-situation private equity and credit hedge funds.